March 4, 2017 Subject:
Yeah, I just listened to this with my 7000 watt JBL sound system and it sounds pretty good. Phil's right there. I don't know why some are saying there's no low end... He sounds great coming out of my 4 18's...
September 20, 2015 Subject:
Yeah, not a lot on the low end, but a pretty awesome recording nonetheless - I didn't listen to this one *that* closely this time around, but isn't this the one where our taper hero from hell quite audibly admonishes some good-time-feelin' deadheads closeby for screaming into the microphone?
Anyways, there's a lot to puzzle over and admire in equal measure from the '90 MSG run, with Bruce and Vince to the rescue...set 1 starts off incredibly well, and how can you not love a H>S>F to end the set - check out how furious the band sounds on Slipknot - Phil especially...
Set 2 - beautiful. That big pre-drums pull, with Let it Grow dissolving into an absolutely gorgeous jam between what sounds like Bruce and Jerry is to treasure. Post-Space doesn't slouch - Stella is a rose opening right up and A&A doesn't quite end when it could - though the band had long ceased to try and double-time that ending, they drew this one out a bit when Bruce played with them.
Forget about the chopped-up Road Trips release - you're going to want to hear the full arc of this show.
November 28, 2014 Subject:
There doesn't seem to be a lot of low frequencies in this recording, and I haven't listened to all of it yet, but I'll give it four stars...the PITB reprise idea takes ME some getting used to, but that's OK ...
March 22, 2014 Subject:
Thank you! Playin'>ship of fools>playin'>uncle>let it grow... Yeah, this is about as good as an audience recording gets! Gotta love...
December 30, 2012 Subject:
Great AUD, solid performance.
This Aud sounds like a SBD.
The show is solid. Only Let It Grow> Jam stand out. The rest is real good, but not worth much comment.
November 20, 2012 Subject:
Highlights: Jack Straw, Jam, Stella Blue
September 20, 2011 Subject:
The Human "Mike" Stand
awesome show. energy is incredible! bobbys high notes in memphis blus are crazy and jerry is sooooooooooo on. this show gives me the total goose bumps. scale of 1-10.... 10+++++. and i didnt even listen to second set yet! gotta have a smoke and relax after that great first set,
February 20, 2011 Subject:
Nice show, especially considering the circumstances.
@ feather: Check your dates, bro. Brent Mydland (October 21, 1952 – July 26, 1990)
Thanks for the recording.
February 15, 2011 Subject:
Sorry, man... No Brent.
Just downloaded this to the to-listen stack (will have to come back and post a review after hearing it.)
Sorry to the reviewer below, but Brent was gone by this time. :(
September 22, 2010 Subject:
Great show great setlist II
My all time favorite Brent show EVER!!! Bruce inspired GREAT playing but more importantly he interacted excellently with Jerry. By the way this audience is EXCELLENT. Thank you. Peace
September 20, 2009 Subject:
Great show. Great setlist
However, several tracks are mislabeled here.
- Playin Reprise is actually included in the Ship of Fools track.
- The track labeled "Playin Reprise" is actually UJB.
- The track labeled "Uncle John's Band" is actually Let it Grow
- The track labeled "Let it Grow" is actually "Jam."
and so on...
Still, great show. Jerry's voice is a little haggard, but his playing is top-notch for the era. Incredible setlist, with a second set LIG. Nice!
August 19, 2009 Subject:
I love this one
May 29, 2009 Subject:
Great sounding Audience
This is a great sounding audience recording...it is even better than the soundboards available for this concert. Great energy from the band, and an overall good performance. We all harbor some disdain for post-Brent Dead, but Bruce Hornsby lit a fire under the band for the short time he was there. I have this theory that had Bruce stuck around, Jerry would have been more musically pysched and might not have hit the Persian heroin quite as hard.
May 29, 2009 Subject:
Simply put, this is a smokin' show. Coupled with an AMAZING quality recording, you cannot - I repeat - cannot go wrong with this show. Even if you are not a fan of later era GD, this show cannot disappoint you. If it does, you should think about your priorities ;)
April 2, 2009 Subject:
This is a very interesting show with some really transcendent moments. Personally, I feel a bit sad listening to it because it represented this miraculous renaissance for the band that was so unexpected, and didn't really last. There was so much to look forward to after this show, but that promise was only fulfilled fitfully over the next year, and by 92 it was a distant memory. If only Bruce could have stuck around...
The Let it Grow is sensational, and the melodic interplay between Hornsby and Garcia that follows is very delicate and inventive. They seem to come close to breaking into "Dear Prudence" towards the end of the jam. GDTRFB is great too.
A GREAT audience recording, download it right away.
March 23, 2009 Subject:
In Blair Jackson's book "Garcia: An American Life" he takes the liberty of saying that this night -- and the next night 9/20/90 -- represented two of the best, most monumental shows of the modern age...and he couldn't be more correct. Not sure why the reviewer below said that Jack Straw was good (warts and all) -- this, IMHO, is the single BEST Jack Straw performed EVER. And the rest of the show is no slouch either...longest Franklin's Tower ever, first 2nd set Let It Grow in ages...whole band is smoking. Download and enjoy. Gracias to the Archive
May 2, 2008 Subject:
This was a good surprise
To be honest, I am not a big fan of post Brent Dead. Sure, there are shows that I like, but overall I don't spend too much time here. I have always struggled with that Vince organ sound that he first brought to the band. I liked his playing when he switched to the piano sound years later. But this show was a pleasant surprise in a whole bunch of ways. I will give you three, just three quick thoughts.
First, the opener is hot. Warts and all, both the band and the audience, and Bruce Hornsby, are clearly having fun playing and singing Jack Straw.
Secondly, the Playing> Ship of Fools>Space>Uncle Johns> Playing> Let it Grow> Trio is really something that busts out of the normal Grateful Dead pattern. Its a good lineup of songs, not the best but very well played and fun to hear.
Thirdly, the space jam out of Let It Grow. This is some of the best stuff the Grateful Dead ever did. Stuff like this, if only for for a few minutes, is pure heaven...and no one else can do it like them. After 15 years of the Dead, I love "discovering" moments like this. You can clearly hear a new band member, Bruce Hornsby, playing musical gotcha with Jerry Garcia. Its fabulous.
fabulous show - excellent sound. I'm listening on earphones (Bose) plugged into my laptop at work - tears running down my face. Garcia sounds so good in Jack Straw. I'm not sure if I was at this show or another in this series at MSG...but man it rocks. And makes me miss them even more.
Reviewer:william tell the third
December 24, 2007 Subject:
Great sound. The B&K's really grabbed Phil's bass for this whole show. It was great to hear the taper talking about that-I guess he listened quick to what he had on tape just before the Quinn encore. The kind of tape that really makes you wish you were there......
If you don't get it by the time you arrive at the GDTRFB in this show, you never will. What a great second set and close out to this show. The energy of the GDTRFB coupled to the delicate rendering of the Stella causes major goosebumps.
I'm stuck at work tonight on christmas eve and this show just put a huge smile on my face. Thanks Jerry. Thanks to the tapers and thanks to the guys that put this out on archive.
Reviewer:Evan S. Hunt
December 23, 2007 Subject:
Beautiful Audience Recording
This is a very wonderful recording of a very wonderfully well-played show.
Thank you, tdarian and Mike French, and thank you, Archives.